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Spark Certificates Now Available in SparkPeople Store

Friday, June 26, 2009



Many members have expressed interest in buying gift certificates to the SparkPeople Store. We are happy to announce that Spark Certificates, which you can buy for friends, family members or fellow members, are now available in the SparkPeople store. They are available in increments of $10, $25, $50, $75 and $100.



Spark Certificates are perfect gifts to reward those who are working toward their own goals, and a convenient way for them to purchase what they want, when they want it!

When you order a Spark Certificate from our store, you'll receive an email containing a unique code that can be used to purchase anything in the SparkPeople Store. Please note that all gift certificates are valid for 6 months from their purchase date.

Check out Spark Certificates here to learn more or purchase yours today!

We hope you enjoy buying Spark Certificates for your friends!
  
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ANASGONNAMAKEIT 8/24/2009 12:20PM

    Cool!

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LILA30S 7/7/2009 5:32PM

    good I hope you going to have one in UK

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SONSHINE1948 7/2/2009 9:56AM

    You just keep coming up with great ideas! Just one more reason why I love SparkPeople!

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SHERI1969 7/1/2009 4:45PM

    THIS is a great idea. As a person on a very tight fixed disability pension, I could send money to friends in the US and they could buy me the certificates etc., and then I'd be able to buy some SparkPeople items. THIS is a great idea! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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QUEENMOM4 7/1/2009 1:24PM

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nice!!!!

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TX_WILDHEART 6/30/2009 8:55PM

    well thats a new idea.

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MORE2LUV31 6/30/2009 12:19PM

    Wait, I'm new to this.....there is a SparkPeople Store? AWESOME! emoticon

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CALAMITIJANE 6/30/2009 3:52AM

  Good to know

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LINDYLU10 6/30/2009 12:02AM

  A wonderful alternative to "goodies".

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GR8LIFE2009 6/29/2009 1:57PM

    This is really a great idea...especially if ppl form groups they can get these for incentive prizes!!

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MSSNOWSHOE 6/28/2009 6:34PM

    Great idea!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/28/2009 5:21PM

    Nice!

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FUNNYGRANNY71 6/27/2009 9:50PM

    This is great. It seems like there is an addition or improvement to SP website every day.
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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/27/2009 9:01PM

    That's a great idea.

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GOLDFISHLIZ 6/27/2009 5:58AM

    Can we buy Spark stuff in the UK?

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DRADISCH 6/26/2009 11:21PM

    Thanks so much. what a great idea.

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JOEGIRL6113 6/26/2009 7:45PM

    What a great idea!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/26/2009 6:17PM

    Just another Gem added to everything else. Thanks.

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MEGSANDBACON 6/26/2009 4:52PM

  Shopping....doesn't that burn calories?? emoticon

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ZELLAZM 6/26/2009 4:41PM

    My birthday is on July 5...hint hint!

Just kidding - great idea and thanks for keeping us updated!

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DENONNIE 6/26/2009 4:06PM

    Cool!!!

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BEEJAY49 6/26/2009 3:34PM

    Awesome! Thank you for doing that! :)

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ONE_TINY_LADY 6/26/2009 3:08PM

    Great idea!

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GRANDMA442 6/26/2009 2:52PM

    Sounds great, except for expiring in 6 months. Why is that? Once you have the money, why do you care how long it takes for someone to spend it? That does not seem fair, to me.

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TXSPLA 6/26/2009 1:46PM

    emoticon idea.

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TAZ675 6/26/2009 1:33PM

    Great Idea!

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SHELLY-ELLY 6/26/2009 1:02PM

    what a great thing to have. Thats great you made these available. Thanks! emoticon

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ALLFORME4EVER 6/26/2009 1:02PM

    What a wonderful gift! I can't wait to start hinting! emoticon Thank you!

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LADYHUNTER82 6/26/2009 12:03PM

    Good deal! That is wonderful.... thanks!

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PHEBESS 6/26/2009 11:27AM

    What a cool gift! Thank you for creating these!!!!

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New Feature - Video Blog Entries

Thursday, June 25, 2009



Hi everyone

You now have the option to upload a video blog entry! To do this simply go to your blog page and you will see a new "Add a Video Blog" button under the "Add a Blog Entry" button. Uploading is 3 easy steps:
1) On the first page enter your video title and description, agree to the video Terms and Conditions, and choose the video file* from your computer to upload. You can then click the Upload button. It will take a few minutes to upload your video - with more or less time based on your video's file size.
2) After uploading you will come to a page to make your blog entry. We have pre-filled your title and description, but you can add more here if you would like. You can also pick an optional category for your video.
3) After posting your blog entry it will take a few minutes for us to process your video. You will see a message saying your video is processing. You can hit refresh every few minutes until you see your video. It typically takes around 10-15 minutes for your video to be ready to play.

Once your video is up other members can view your video from your blog and make comments like they would any other blog.

Members have asked for this feature for some time - to share progress, share Woohoo moments, and even share tips like their favorite workout or recipe. We hope you like this feature! If you want to see a few sample upload videos you can click here or here.


* Note that we support a wide variety of video formats, including: avi, dv, fl4, m4a, mov, mp4, mpeg, wav, wma, wmv, mp3, mpg, mts, qcelp, qt, mod, 3gp, 3gpp, amr-nb, and asf.

  
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FUTUREHOPE49 5/18/2011 7:59PM

    I have uploaded mine and it has gone out to spark teams, but when I click on mine it says "Hold on your video is almost available." It has been a long time, over an hour!!

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TXWILD 5/11/2011 6:20PM

    Hello. I tried to upload a video blog and it says the file size is too large. The file is 2.25 GB. What are the restrictions? And how can I shrink it down? It's only a couple mins long and I saw other video blogs that were longer. Please help!

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PUMPKINSEED77 10/18/2010 11:08AM

    I don't understand.... I am trying to upload a .mov file, but nothing happens. I cannot even select it. :( Is there a way to link to youtube so that I can just upload the video there?

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RD03875 1/8/2010 5:35AM

    So far it's been an hour since I hit upload and nothing has happened.

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MS.ELENI 7/15/2009 4:36PM

    I am not sure how to word this but hopefully it will make sense.The video blogs are awesome.I was wondering if you will ever have a heading on team page that specifies video blogs.In the box where you list blogs,announcements,photo's etc. The way it is now we don't know it is a video blog unless they say it on title. Just wondered. Eleni

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MS.ELENI 7/3/2009 10:43PM

    I made my first ever video and posted it on my blog today and it was great. Is there a limit on how many times we do it.

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BETTERME54 7/3/2009 8:23PM

    Thanks! This sounds awesome I have got to try it.
You guys are just SUPER!!!!

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MS.ELENI 7/3/2009 9:44AM

    I just saw one on a members blog and I am inspired to try it.I have never done it before but will try later. It is nice to put a view of someone so we can relate even more.Thank you so much for all your upgrades.

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LORRAINE_D 6/26/2009 2:11PM

    I watched one of your videos Dave, I am sure my is better. LOL. I am hoping it uploads okay!

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TRACEYTHATCHICK 6/26/2009 4:38AM

    Wow! It's awesome how you guys are pumping out all of these great new features!! Keep it up SP!

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FREEBRD06 6/26/2009 3:38AM

  I love the way you think ! emoticon emoticon

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SASSY_QUEEN 6/25/2009 9:58PM

    Amazing...can't wait to try it,.

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ROWAN_MAPLE 6/25/2009 9:31PM

    I just checked and it isn't there.... :(

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/25/2009 8:45PM

    Wow, you guys just keep on making things better and better. A big emoticon you work so hard for us!

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ROWAN_MAPLE 6/25/2009 8:13PM

    You guys are amazing....This site makes more of a difference than you will ever know! Thank you.

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PATYOSHISHEA 6/25/2009 7:18PM

    Thanks for all the hard work you guys put in for us !!!!!!!!!!!

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FUNNYGRANNY71 6/25/2009 6:47PM

    New and great improvements keep on coming. I applaud the staff.
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CLAUDIA1333 6/25/2009 5:55PM

    I'm posting my first one right now!! thank you!

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MCLYMORE 6/25/2009 5:27PM

    You guys are awesome, you are always adding something to make this journey exciting. Thanks for all you done, I look forward to using this new feature.

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COLEMANSR 6/25/2009 3:56PM

    emoticonSparkPeople this is so Awesome!

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TWINSAND3DOGS 6/25/2009 3:22PM

    Can you make a feature where we can attach a picture to a spark mail?

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 6/25/2009 2:12PM

    Dave! Dave!!! you did it!!!

Remember I asked if you guys could make that an option when you were here for the Spark Convention??? And you said YES! You weren't lying! I can't wait to use the feature!!!!

You guys are the best!!!

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WOLFKITTY 6/25/2009 2:10PM

    Wow, cool! I've never made very many videos, but I did a couple. ... I can't wait to try this out!
HEheee.

Jocelyn

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FATEOFTHEGODZ 6/25/2009 1:56PM

    That's amazing and fun! I can't wait to do it.

Has anyone done it so far? :D

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AGOLDIE 6/25/2009 1:47PM

    This is totally an awesome feature! woohoo!

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DRADISCH 6/25/2009 1:46PM

    you guys are awesome. Always a little surprise for us. Thank You emoticon

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LORRAINE_D 6/25/2009 12:42PM

    This is great. I will try it the first chance I get! Thanks for all of the new technology.

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GOSPELCLOWN 6/25/2009 12:34PM

    I will try this option! Keep up the great work.
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.DUSTY. 6/25/2009 12:29PM

    WOW! SparkPeople this is sooooooooooo Awesome! emoticon emoticon

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CHUNKSTER63 6/25/2009 12:08PM

    Thanks this is awesome.

Chunk

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EXTRANODESTINO 6/25/2009 12:03PM

    This is a great option. Excellent. emoticon

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JSTCHLIN 6/25/2009 11:46AM

    Very cool. emoticon

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PHEBESS 6/25/2009 11:45AM

    Wow! I don't even know how to make a video on my little MacBook, but this is way cool!

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-TAMI- 6/25/2009 11:11AM

    WOW! So cool!!! Thanks

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TAZ675 6/25/2009 11:09AM

    WOW!!

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CBSPECIAL 6/25/2009 11:08AM

    That is going to be so cool - will use when I do video for Sat Spark Rally!

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2 New Features - Enhanced Weigh-In Page & Dining Out Guide

Wednesday, June 24, 2009



Hi everyone, we launched 2 new features today that we think you will like!

Enhanced Weigh-In and Measurements Page
While many of our members look a lot at the scale to measure their progress, many also like to watch their progress in other ways such as energy level, body measurements, or fitness levels. We have set up a number of other types of things you can track, with information on how to track and levels to try to reach. In addition, we have made it so that for some goals you can track progress more than one time a day. This has been a common request from members who track their blood sugar throughout the day! To see these changes go to your Weigh In page and click Add/Change Measurements.

Dining Out Guide
When eating healthy a common challenge is making the right choices when eating away from home. Our Dining Out Guide can help! We have a list of the most popular restaurant chains, and tips from SparkPeople for eating at each chain. Plus, we allow members to submit their favorite "Healthy Finds" from these restaurants, and for other members to vote for items they feel are healthy as well. You can find this feature under Healthy Lifestyle, then Nutrition, then in the center column of the Nutrition page.


UPDATE: There was a problem after this launched with weight loss tickers not updating. This was fixed on Thursday the 25th at around 10:30 AM EST, so if you track again it will update your ticker. Thanks for the comments about this issue!

  
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HAMMOCKDWELLER 7/30/2009 1:10AM

    I had looked for a way to track my blood glucose levels and didn't find it. But later I searched and found an article with a link to the weigh-in page. Perfect! But how do I get there directly? I can't find it on the menu anywhere. I've put a bookmark in my browser, but is there anything on the sparkpeople site?

(Later) Um, ok, right on the START page, which is the first item under MY TOOLS. I thought START was a tool for initial setup, but I guess it's really the HOME page. So now, I have IT bookmarked in my browser! Thanks for a great site.


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JANNA_09 7/27/2009 2:44PM

  . emoticon giving us another tool to help us along the way to a healthier life. emoticon

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CKAYTHOMAS 7/26/2009 9:11PM

    I use the dining out guide. It is a great asset. I also use dailyplate.com to get the nutritional value for menu items. It has been a great help

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LINZIHODGES 7/15/2009 11:52AM

    awesome! i didnt know there was a dining out guide but once i checked it out i love it!

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SHAWNA1000 7/12/2009 8:57PM

    The dining guide is so helpful - thank you!!!! emoticon

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PRENDERGASTM 7/12/2009 2:13PM

    Thank you for adding the helpful dining out guide

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DTOUR478 7/9/2009 11:31AM

  Thank you for adding the helpful dining out guide. emoticon

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MISSM0929 7/5/2009 8:30PM

    The Dining Out Guide is absolutely the BEST!!!!! Thank you so much for adding this feature.
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BUTTONS973 7/3/2009 10:59AM

    Wow!! I did not know these features were added. I've been writing my measurements down, but now i can log on here like i do the others. Thank you so much!! emoticon

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SHERRY032973 6/30/2009 11:41PM

  I never realized some of the choices I was making was soooo wrong! This was very useful in raising my awareness. It sure will make things easier now. emoticon

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BRANUBODY08 6/30/2009 11:14PM

    You guys are so awesome! Thank you doesn't do justice for how grateful I am for this entire site. And to think I'm still working on being consistent with my logging?! Yet the little that I have done has helped raise my awareness and committment so much!

The Enhanced Weigh In feature is great!

Thanks Again!

Branubody

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KARIMU1 6/30/2009 10:15PM

    I'm so happy to be a part of SP! Do you realize that you are helping to save my life?
All I can say is "Im GRATEFUL", Thank You! God Bless all involved.................. emoticon emoticon

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NANNYJAN 6/30/2009 11:47AM

    Thank you so much for the dining out guide. I was trying to figure out how to put it under my quick links and couldn't so I hope it just stays where it is so I can refer to it often.
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CLOE_NICLIFTAR 6/30/2009 10:10AM

  Thanks! This is a great help!

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NANA2PAK 6/29/2009 12:08PM

  I am a newbie and this site has already given me SO much help & encouragement. I have only been on for one week and have lost 3 pounds, have worked out 5 times this week.

The dining out guide is THE BEST!!!!

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123JAZZY 6/29/2009 11:42AM

    This site is so awesome!!!
I paid to belong to a site that had 1/10th the features and couldn't use the exercises there because of MS. Now, I found this wonderful place & feel totally blessed that it's free and just what I needed. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHUBBETTE33 6/28/2009 11:20AM

  I love this web site. It just gets better and better every day. What a great group of people. Thanks for all of your work and inspiration. emoticon

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MARTHA6163 6/28/2009 7:44AM

    You're awesome

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NGREAR 6/28/2009 7:02AM

  Thanks for the new features. I read about the fitness tests last week and was wishing there was a place to track that information -- and here it is! Thanks for helping take more care of ourselves. emoticon

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WELLNESSME09 6/26/2009 2:32PM

    Great job!! you SP team are always willing and ready to make changes...that's why I'm so happy to have found this sight and be part of it. Thanks so much!!! emoticon emoticon

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ALIGIRL115 6/26/2009 12:22PM

    Awesome additions! I reached a major milestone today that I thought I'd never reach, but with the great tools and people here, I've made it! Thanks for all the great information and tools available to us and the additions and improvements!! The dining out guide is especially helpful! Thank you Sparkpeople!! I'm glad I found you! emoticon

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DIAMONDP1 6/26/2009 10:10AM

    I am new to this site. It is awesome. I am finding more and more tools - this is really a sweet site

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KAJAGAIN 6/26/2009 10:04AM

    Love the ability to track my Blood Glucose as I have been doing it in the Notes under Nutrition. Would it be possible for both the BG and blood pressure tracking to put a comment area for things that may have affected the results, i.e. birthday party, stressors, lack of sleep, illness. Thanks again for such a great tool. emoticon

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HOTTIEMAMA1234 6/26/2009 12:56AM

    Thanks sparkpeeps! Now I can print out for my RD and stop doing those individual logs with my blood sugars...I know my medical support team will love this....Thanks again

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DEBWA1WOK 6/25/2009 3:47PM

    I like the latest improvements,but.............some of us don't measure the same on the right and left side of our body. I have a 4" difference between my R & L knee. Could you add R&L to some of the measured spots? Also could you put "custom" under each section instead of in it's own section so when it tracks on a report things are all in the same place. And finally,when you do customize allow it to choose day, week, or month, instead of just that line.
I agree with others on the part that blood sugars need to have a place under each meal to fill in. It's required by some to take a reading before and after each meal. It would be quite helpful to the medical advisors to know what foods were eaten when the numbers changed.
I know you'll be working on these improvements and I thank you again for caring enough to do your very best. Sparkpeople.com ROCKS!! emoticon

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IBHLKING 6/25/2009 11:53AM

    I am planning a lunch out tomorrow and the dining out guige was a huge help in letting me see which places I can choose, knowing that I can find something healthy to eat.

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NTANELSON 6/25/2009 11:36AM

    I appreciate the new features. I am loving SP and making progress!

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RLFRYKMAN 6/25/2009 11:11AM

    I'm new but am really enjoying learning everything. I just love the weigh in page and all it's features. But can someone explain or tell me where to go to learn about the ticker? Thanks
for everything on the site.

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JENNICOLLEEN 6/25/2009 10:34AM

    I'm also enjoying the new features but my ticker is also not updating so hopefully that gets addressed. Thanks for being a GREAT SITE!

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LEAVNTHEW8BHIND 6/25/2009 10:04AM

    Great job on the new features - keep it up!

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BENZA811 6/25/2009 9:34AM

    Thanks so much for the new addition. SparkPeople just keeps getting better.

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KARVY09 6/25/2009 9:29AM

    While I love these updates, I found that my weight ticker is not automatically updating when I change my weight at my weigh-in. Is this because of the new changes?

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FRAN_CVLRN 6/25/2009 9:12AM

    Spark just keeps getting better and better! Thanks for your continued hard work in keeping this site so useful and fresh!

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CHACHA63 6/25/2009 8:48AM

    the dining out guide is a very good idea and will be helpful. thabks

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MUSLIMAH1949 6/25/2009 8:02AM

    I want to say thank you also and I agree with dave. It will make it so easy when one goes to the doct to remember what you did when

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SONSHINE1948 6/25/2009 7:43AM

    Thanks so much for the new addition. SparkPeople just keeps getting better with all the new innovative ideas!

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ANNISSAMARIE 6/25/2009 7:34AM

    Thank you so much for the enhancements! I'm fairly new to SP but enjoy exploring through the different features. Thanks for making my weightloss journey easier.
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RSTAGG 6/25/2009 6:42AM

    Thank you so much for the enhancements. As a member of the Managing Diabetes team, I have been tracking my Fasting blood sugars on the weigh-in page. It is nice to know that I can now track my blood sugars throughout the day.
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LINDAANNE2 6/25/2009 6:11AM

    Thank you. I have noticed my weight ticker does not move.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/25/2009 2:18AM

    This is fantastic, thank you. Many of our Team Members will really appreciate this.

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DNAGER 6/24/2009 11:47PM

    Thanks for being able to track multiple blood sugar levels in a day but we need a comment field by each blood sugar level so we can input what meds or insulind we took after that reading.

Thanks Again

Dave

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ALEMAPO 6/24/2009 11:37PM

  Thanks!!!!
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TRACYMC8 6/24/2009 11:36PM

    I really appreciate the new measurements (I had them in manually) as well as the Wellness boxes to tick - great idea.

I'd also like to see a way for women who are menstruating to track that too... it definitely makes a difference in eating habits and measurements. Plus, if we saw our data on a graph over time, we can forgive ourselves a little more readily when we fall off the wagon "around that time."

Thanks again,
Tracy

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LINDAGAGS 6/24/2009 10:04PM

    I input my blood sugar numbers, but the report is not really helpful. Is there a way we could get a more detailed graph, or possibly a printout with dates, times & numbers listed? It would be really appreciated. Linda

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SUZI_B 6/24/2009 9:30PM

    That's great!

I'm new, so reading this prompted me to make my first visit to the Weigh In/Measurements page. While most of what I saw will be really helpful, I was surprised that there wasn't an option for bust measurement. I did add it under "Custom," however the only choices for frequency are Once a Day, 1-5 Scale, and Multiple Times a Day. No Weekly or Monthly option. I'm interested in tracking changes in my bust, but not *that* interested ;)

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LORRAINE_D 6/24/2009 9:29PM

    You are making SparkPeople from great to greater. Thanks. It is appreciated.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/24/2009 9:15PM

    Thanks for all the great features you keep adding. It is much appreciated.



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LILLIANBONACHEA 6/24/2009 9:11PM

    I like it but I would also like to see that once we write down our blood sugar numbers that we can later put these numbers on a line graph. My doctor likes that I record my numbers in the journal but he would like to see these numbers on a line graph.

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NEWDAYNEWME38 6/24/2009 9:07PM

    Restaurant Guide = AWESOME!! emoticon

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ASHLEYNICOLE25 6/24/2009 8:56PM

    Awesome!!! Thanks SPARK for enhancing my tools for success!!

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SparkMail Tweaks Launched Today

Tuesday, June 23, 2009



Hi everyone

We launched a few tweaks to SparkMail today:
1) You can now save "Drafts" of SparkMail messages. When composing or replying to a message you will now see a button to save your Draft, and you also have a Drafts folder in your list of folders.
2) An overall visual redesign, making the buttons and links easier to find and use.

We hope you like these enhancements, we know that many members find SparkMail a great way to support one another!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SHERI1969 7/1/2009 4:44PM

    It's a great idea and I hope your Team goes well but I cannot afford the items you sell because I live in Canada which doubles the cost of your items and I'm on a disability income. Perhaps a Canadian store would be an idea.

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ANIMEMOM1 6/26/2009 4:45PM

    I love the fruits and veggies tracker on the nutrition page. It actually helps me remember I need to fit in some more servings before the end of the day! Thanks!

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GGFAAS 6/24/2009 3:14PM

    Good Job!

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SKINNIKKI 6/24/2009 1:44PM

    Does it now shorten the previous message. Seems like some of hte message is dropped when I view it past emails I'm replying to or have sent

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CAREWREN 6/24/2009 12:33PM

    I am thrilled I can save drafts! Sometimes, I have had to stop and that has created a problem so I would cut and paste to another program. Now, I can just safe the draft! I really appreciate the vigilance given to making improvements and, to testing out ideas.


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DLR4499 6/24/2009 11:17AM

  It's nice to see the updates being made to the website.

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FATEOFTHEGODZ 6/24/2009 11:09AM

    Thanks

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LOONEYTOONS65 6/24/2009 10:07AM

    any little tweeks to the Spark Mail certainly can't hurt--Thanks Spark Guy emoticon

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MOCOLOCO 6/24/2009 9:04AM

    I'm new to SP, so I'm still trying to find my way around. The SparkMail change sounds awesome. Thanks!
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LATTE48 6/24/2009 8:15AM

  You got to love SP emoticon

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PAULA432 6/24/2009 7:52AM

    woohoo way to ! emoticon

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MARTY19 6/24/2009 7:02AM

    emoticon I already noticed and liked the differences.

Marty

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MALLORY46 6/23/2009 10:22PM

    Fabulous, thanks!

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PATYOSHISHEA 6/23/2009 10:08PM

    Thanks you guys are Great!!!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/23/2009 8:36PM

    Thanks!!

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TAZ675 6/23/2009 8:25PM

    Much appreciated!!

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BEVERLYJEANNE 6/23/2009 8:06PM

    Thanks bunches! I am going to check it out now!
You guys are just great!

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MARY526 6/23/2009 8:01PM

    Thank you once again.

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LATEFORSUPPER 6/23/2009 6:53PM

    Thanks! You're terrific!

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LOLAJO54 6/23/2009 6:47PM

    emoticon once again great idea..
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HICALGAL 6/23/2009 6:38PM

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/23/2009 6:22PM

    Wonderful, wonderful I am so glad. Thank you again for thinking of ways to make things more easy for us.

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PSMITH28 6/23/2009 6:06PM

    Thank you very much!! emoticon

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LISAW/3 6/23/2009 5:40PM

    Thank you for listening to feedback and making improvements!
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FUNNYGRANNY71 6/23/2009 5:18PM

    Thank you. I was just wishing I had a drafts folder yesterday. Now I know wishes do come true. I am going to check it out now.
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KATAKITOMOTSIN 6/23/2009 4:43PM

   
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LUCKYDUCK2 6/23/2009 4:39PM

    Thank you ! Looks great too.

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BELLACUDDLES 6/23/2009 4:19PM

    WOW, can Spark get any better!!!!!!!! THANKS and GOD BLESS YOU ALL FOR ALL YOU DO!!!!!!!!

Barbara

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COOKIE386 6/23/2009 4:16PM

    Thanks. Anything to make it easier is appreciated! emoticon

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SPARKGIRL09 6/23/2009 4:11PM

  Thank you!!!

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SANSU12 6/23/2009 4:09PM

    THE way to improve Spark Mail is to add a Reply to All, and a way to save group emails. I'm a leader of a BLC team and it would be great to create my own mailing list of team members.

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CELLE98 6/23/2009 4:06PM

    Awesome!!!

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MELISSA_X0 6/23/2009 4:04PM

    Love it! Thanks!

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MODESTA 6/23/2009 4:00PM

    Noticed the changes Great Job!!!
Mollie

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TOPS2KOPSVILLE 6/23/2009 3:53PM

    I noticed it and I love the new additions. Thanks sparks

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JAZZYJUDE 6/23/2009 3:51PM

    I love it! I noticed the new buttons right away and all in one place. Thanks for all you do to make things that much more easier and simpler. We all appreciate all you do for us!!
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IAMALIGHTHOUSE 6/23/2009 3:50PM

    thanks so much

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HVMBRU 6/23/2009 3:49PM

    Ha! Thought I hadn't seen that before. Great idea. Thanks

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CHOCMOM 6/23/2009 3:43PM

  Thanks for all you do.

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MISS_VIV 6/23/2009 3:42PM

    Wow, thanks... I noticed the buttons right off.. first thing this morning. Have to go back and give it another look, caught my eye for sure. Bound to be a good thing.

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CARLI_MAE 6/23/2009 3:40PM

    Yep, saw it first thing on login today. This is great, as I often start responding to someone and get interrupted. Now I have a folder to save half written and unchecked work before sending.

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WILD4STARS 6/23/2009 3:39PM

    Spark just keeps getting better and better. Thanks.

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DDOORN 6/23/2009 3:38PM

    Many thx for the tweaks and re-inventions of all the SparkPeople features!!

Don, Co-Leader of All Health Professionals, Binghamton Area Losers and Laid Off But Staying Strong SparkTeams

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BELTONWALKER67 6/23/2009 3:36PM

    Just noticed it and like it! Thanks for all the updates. emoticon

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DAWNO64 6/23/2009 3:34PM

    I already checked it out - it looks great!! Many thanks to the Spark Techs for all their hard work.

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SparkRecipes Has a Fresh New Look AND New Features!

Thursday, June 18, 2009



We're excited to launch a BIG update to www.SparkRecipes.com today! There are two main aspects of this update:

1. A new overall design
Since we launched SparkRecipes, the number of recipes members have shared has really exploded! We wanted to make the design cleaner and more organized so the site is easier for everyone to use.

  • We added our "Advanced Search" to the homepage so new members can quickly find the recipes they're looking for.
  • You can now get to ALL of our recipe categories from every page of the site; just mouse over "Browse Recipes" on the upper left of the site navigation.
  • We added a new navigation for "What's Popular" so you can find what searches and recipes are popular.


2. New features
We love adding new features that our members request! Some of the new features include:

  • The ability to select foods (ingredients) from your SparkPeople Favorites and search foods "shared" from other members when using the Recipe Calculator. Both of these features should make it quicker and easier to use the calculator!
  • More food and cooking articles on SparkRecipes. You can find these under the "What's Popular" tab at the top of the site.


We hope you like the new updates, but wanted to let you know we won't stop here! We haven't announced this anywhere else yet, but SparkPeople is now working with a World Master Chef (and active mother of 3) who will develop new recipes, create video demonstrations and even makeover some recipes from our members! Keep an eye out for this next month!

www.SparkRecipes.com
  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SKRIFARI 8/24/2009 11:27AM

    I'd love a way to share a recipe with only one other SparkPerson. My husband and I both use the food tracker and have to input the same recipe separately because the only alternative is to put it out there for everybody. I won't do that with a recipe from a cookbook, because that's somebody else's copyrighted work which I have no right to share. But I wish I could just copy it to my husband's tracker, which I believe would be considered "fair use."

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100MILLBUTRFLYS 7/12/2009 10:02AM

    Thanks for all the hard work!

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LOWEJ03 7/5/2009 5:15PM

    Sorry, i don't like the new format AT ALL. It caused me to lose ALL of my history that i had been inputting for a year and half! Yes, completely my own fault however when i went to the "page" to change my preferences i guess i ended up deleting my entire history. Not to happy...actually sent an email to your website three/maybe four now days ago asking if i could get it back and have yet to hear a response. Anyway, oh well, my fault, i was using the recipes whenever i was interested and now i have to do 3 extra steps to just get to the tracking pages....not to happy with this change. Thanks.

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MARTCHANTILLY 7/3/2009 6:28PM

    I don't like the new nutrition page because I cannot directly access my nutrition information. I wrote to the nutrition person twice and she still didn't "get" what I was trying to say to her.
martchantilly

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JACQIBELLE01 7/3/2009 5:56PM

  I liked the food/nutrition tips that were to the side of the sparkpeople recipes that come by email. How come they are not there any more?

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IWILLBE145 7/3/2009 5:22PM

    Still need to INSIST that the recipe include the amount in one serving. Many do not!!
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JPTOWNSEND 7/3/2009 1:27PM

    As always you guys have outdone yourselves making this the best site ever. When you make your next round of changes it would be great to have ingredients in the recipes show up on the shopping list.


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BITTYGIRL51 7/3/2009 11:14AM

    I haven't really gotten the hang of using this recipe featuer yet. It seems difficult to find foods etc; I use WW recipe builder almost every day and love it...but would love to be able to download some of my recipes here and begin a file to share with my SP buddies! Haven't really had time to figure it out. emoticon

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DPUMPY66 6/25/2009 9:24AM

  Love the SparkRecipes site! Would like to be able to add a recipe to a "planned" meal in the future (and have ingredients show on my shopping list) versus have it be a custom food "actual."

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DLR4499 6/24/2009 11:16AM

  I really like the new format.

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GG1978 6/23/2009 5:49PM

  Thanks so much for the updates. Looking forward to recipes from new sources.

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WCRUNNER 6/23/2009 3:00PM

  thanks for the site! Making inspiring meals for the family can be difficult at the best of times but when you are trying to change your habits it can be really be a struggle. Your site offers some really fantastic choices for all the foodies proclivities out there!
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COLLARANDCUFFS 6/23/2009 1:30PM

    thank for the site i love it and it helps so much emoticon

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CAYLINMOM 6/23/2009 11:53AM

  Great Job!!! emoticon

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HARRIET2 6/23/2009 10:45AM

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful features here at Sparkpeople. I just love this site and use it every day now! emoticon

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KIMHALLMARK 6/23/2009 9:57AM

    Why are there more calories in the Splenda Blends, both the granular and the brown sugar blend, than in the sugars, both granular and brown, when the measurements for all of them are 1 cup? Makes it hard to get correct nutritional info when calculating nutrition for a recipe.
Sugars are shown as 774 calories per cup and blends are 1920 calories per cup, if I remember correctly. Doesn't make sense.

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JOEGIRL6113 6/22/2009 9:58PM

    Thank you so much for the continuing improvements. You are tops!

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BELLACUDDLES 6/22/2009 2:21PM

    I just love SPARK!!!!!! Thanks so much!!!!!!!!

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MARYKRISTA 6/21/2009 12:20PM

  Hello:

I just wanted to say "Thank you" very much for creating a "Free" inspirational site, to help people lose weight. Although I am new to the site, it is such a blessing. I can't wait until I lose weight and I am able to share my story with you and your staff.

Take Care

God Bless

MaryKrista

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ALWAYSLOWFAT 6/20/2009 8:05PM

    I am new on this site and still lost in many ways. however, i am always interested in new and easy recipes. hope there are some people who love soy - i am not a meat eater. thanks for the new page. sounds great. emoticon

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LOVE2TEACH2 6/20/2009 12:48PM

    Much more user friendly- thanks

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TRSTHM 6/20/2009 9:39AM

    Excellent! Thanks!

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WEAVERGIRL1 6/20/2009 9:14AM

    Thanks so much! the new features are exactly what I've been looking for! You guys are the emoticon

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PORKWAH 6/20/2009 12:15AM

    Awesome! emoticon

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JACKIE4019 6/19/2009 8:22PM

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

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FUNNYGRANNY71 6/19/2009 7:23PM

    I love the new look. Thank you. emoticon

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DENONNIE 6/19/2009 4:20PM

    Fantastic!!!
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SANNJI 6/19/2009 3:20PM

    Thank you again SP...you are really outdoing yourselves with all the upgrades. The new recipe page looks so much better...neater and easier to navigate. I really appreciate all the hard work and dedication you put into this site. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONE_TINY_LADY 6/19/2009 3:01PM

    Thank You!!!

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JLRIAN 6/19/2009 2:13PM

    LOVE LOVE the easy access and fabulous recipes! I'm going to try calculating some of my own now too! This is an absolutely fantastic way to help people track their intake! THANK YOU!! emoticon

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JIMNI98 6/19/2009 2:09PM

    nice look, but my Spin button is not working. can't get my spin points help emoticon

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REDNECKFEMINIST 6/19/2009 1:13PM

    Doing great!

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SDLADY62 6/19/2009 11:29AM

  Fantastic!! emoticon

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SPOOKYSAL 6/19/2009 11:21AM

    Thank you very much sparkguy, extremely kind of you
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DMCOONCE 6/19/2009 9:56AM

    Thanks so much!

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MISS_VIV 6/19/2009 12:43AM

    World Master chef... sounds good.. Making over some of our member recipes ?? I hope she doesn't make them over so much that the original taste and idea of a members recipe gets lost. Also, I would expect that she would need the owner/members permission to change it.
Some of our members have shared very old traditional recipes that should not be changed.



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PLASHWAY 6/18/2009 11:50PM

  It will be great to have new recipes from a World Master Chef. I enjoy trying out new healthy recipes! Thanks

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100LBLIGHTER 6/18/2009 11:32PM

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ROBBIEMARIE 6/18/2009 11:17PM

    I love, love, love the recipes on this site. Love that you are making it even more user friendly. Did I mention that I love SparkRecipes? emoticon

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KITEFLYINGAL 6/18/2009 11:10PM

    this is a wonderful addition. the next best for me would be being able to delete several items with one click from my nutrition log...

thanks for helping me save my own life!
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MARY526 6/18/2009 10:32PM

    Thanks, it just gets better and better.

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JENIFIREHARP 6/18/2009 7:39PM

    Thanks!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/18/2009 6:55PM

    Great news!!

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SUNEME 6/18/2009 5:51PM

  great! this is the best place on the internet emoticon can't wait till next month for the chef emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/18/2009 5:50PM

    Wow, what an awesome new update. Thank you so much!

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JEANSHEP2 6/18/2009 5:37PM

    Wow! You guys and gals have done it again!! I love the recipe site and use it often. I know it is going to be much better now, so will be going there soon. I was there this morning, but it had not yet changed. How fast you folks are! Thanks and more thanks!

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SHELLPRO 6/18/2009 5:20PM

    Stumbleduponit! litterally- its Great, still a few glitches or me one. emoticon

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SUNNYARIZONA 6/18/2009 5:10PM

    Site is more "clean" looking , thanks. More user friendly. Like that.

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MOM1014 6/18/2009 4:59PM

    Sparkpeople has evolved into the best site for health and nutrition ever. Why anyone would want to sign up for the latest fad diet is simply beyond me. Thank you for keeping this journey so interesting and exciting.

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TIPPIMITCHELL 6/18/2009 4:58PM

  Spark Recipes is always my first choice when I need a recipe. Can't wait to get into the new design!

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